Roots Down, Branches Out

Highbury Heritage is a community engagement project to enable more people to become involved in our local heritage. The project promotes the importance of history to primary schools, has a focus on family history, including recent events, and is a pointer to what was, and is, special about living in Highbury. This ongoing project has already uncovered many historical gems and stories which have been made accessible via a touchscreen in the main church area, open on Sundays and occasional days through the week.

The project is led by a team of volunteers who have consulted the wider community to provide a heritage centre which reflects the history of the area. The first public meeting was held on 28th January 2015 at Christ Church and was attended by local resident committees, schools, business, and other church and faith groups.

Highbury Heritage has been a happy result of a dangerous, crumbling spire.  In December 2015, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Christ Church a grant of £206,000 towards the total costs of £312,000 for the spire repairs, and the work was concluded in December 2016. Conditions of the grant committed Christ Church to enable more people, and a wider range of people, to engage with heritage; hence the beginning of the extensive historic research and oral history work undertaken by local volunteers.